CENTRINNO Internship

About Metabolic

Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable State. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.

We are an international and dynamic team of around 75 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in the Netherlands with an increasingly international reach as a company, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of clients across the Netherlands, Europe, the US, and Asia.

About Metabolic Institute & CENTRINNO

The Metabolic Institute is a non-profit think tank working at the intersection of academic research and real-world experimentation. The think tank advances open-source knowledge on global sustainability issues by prototyping how society can thrive while remaining safely within the bounds of the planet. 

CENTRINNO is a European Horizon 2020 funded project that seeks to test and scale alternative urban regeneration strategies for industrial heritage sites that foster inclusivity, sustainability, and circularity. In nine diverse European cities, CENTRINNO will establish creative, locally productive, and inclusive hubs in former industrial sites, which become testbeds for teaching, training, and innovation for a new urban manufacturing model.  

Within CENTRINNO, Metabolic Institute is developing an integrated approach that allows pilots to map resources, tools, skills, and stakeholders available in their broader urban ecosystem that are key in fostering socially inclusive, circular, and productive value chains. Metabolic’s approach is centered around an extended Urban Metabolism concept that will combine material flow analyses with geospatial mapping targeted to each city’s complex urban context. At the center of this approach stands a spatially explicit analysis of each city’s municipal waste system, allowing pilots to innovate with circular production processes. This waste-based analysis will be embedded in the process of mapping additional elements of each city’s urban ecosystem, such as geodemographics, environmental conditions, and stakeholder networks.

About the Internship

This internship is an opportunity to get real-world experience translating the ideas of circular and regenerative cities into tangible tools and strategies for cities. It will allow you to actively contribute to an interdisciplinary research project that seeks to bring together cultural heritage, circular urban metabolisms, and social inclusivity into a holistic urban regeneration approach. 

The internship’s core role is to help the Metabolic team map urban resources through urban material flow analyses, stakeholder surveying, and geospatial analysis to build cartography of urban resources for each pilot city. This internship will also include preparing workshops and training sessions that support pilot cities in operationalizing circular economy approaches into their activities. You will also support the Metabolic team in data collection and analysis to spatially map urban resources, ranging from municipal waste to natural capital in the nine pilot cities. 

The internship will begin as soon as possible and will be four to five days per week for six months. 

This internship provides a stipend.


We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • Expertise in urban sustainability, preferably with a focus on sustainable urban regeneration, the circular economy, cultural heritage, and/or socio-ecological systems
  • Expertise in Material Flow Analyses 
  • Familiarity with GIS software and spatial data collection & analysis
  • Good data modeling and data manipulation skills 
  • Strong interdisciplinary research skills, with adequate capacity in conducting research, synthesizing information, and communicating conclusions 
  • Have fun working on challenging projects as part of an enthusiastic and diverse team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Great communication and teamwork skills (experience with multi-stakeholder work is a plus)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an internship with Metabolic the following criteria must be met (non-negotiable):

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a relevant Master’s degree.
  • Have, or be able to apply, for a residence permit in the Netherlands (valid for working purposes and for the entire duration of the internship).
  • Have, or be able to request, a BSN (burgerservicenummer/citizen service number).

To apply

To apply, please use this form. You will be asked to upload your CV and copy over a letter of motivation. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through intern@metabolic.nl.

The deadline to apply is March 14th, 2021 at 23:59 CET. We will be evaluating applications as they come in, so we strongly advise to submit your letter and CV as soon as possible.